National Security

Young: I didn't say what TV6 posted

National Security Minister Stuart Young says a post made by CCN TV6 today attributing him to claims that prison officers would have firearms at all times, is false.

The Minister issued a statement on the matter on Friday afternoon.

"I have just had sent to me and seen, an inaccurate story put out by CCN TV6 on social media saying, or attributing to me, “Prison Officers will now have firearms at ALL times in their possession.”

This post and story suggest that I said this or words to this effect in my contribution to the Budget Debate in the Senate today (19.10.18).

National Security Council meets on prison security

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young says a threat by prison of­fi­cers to stay away from work over the mur­der of yet an­oth­er of their col­leagues did not af­fect the op­er­a­tions at the na­tion's pris­ons on Thurs­day.

But the mur­der prompt­ed Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley, as head of the Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Coun­cil, to sum­mon a meet­ing and the on­ly item on the agen­da was the is­sue of the pris­ons.

'Fed-up' prison officers vow to walk off job; invite Cabinet to run the prisons

"To hell with the State and to hell with the Prison Service. They don't care about us."

Those were the angry words of the president of the Prison Officers Association, Cerron Richards at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in response to the shooting death of another prison officer, Dar­ren Fran­cis, on Wednesday morning.

Surrounding by several prison officers at the Prison Sports Club in Arouca, Richards said prison officers will walk off the job.

He invited the Cabinet to come and run the prisons instead. 

Young: Ministry working on initiatives to protect prison officers

Minister of National Security Stuart Young says his ministry is working on initiatives to ensure the safety of prison officers.

The minister made the remark in a statement offering condolences to the family and colleagues of prison officer Darren Francis who was murdered this morning.

The following is the minister's statement.

"It is with a deep sense of sadness that I offer my sympathy and condolences to Prison Officer I Darren Francis’ family, friends and colleagues.

Officer Francis was senselessly killed on his way to work this morning.

Commissioner's office: Some firearm license applicants must resubmit documents

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says he is in the process of treating with the thousands of applications for Firearm User’s Licenses (FUL), that he met upon his assumption of office. 

In a statement issued by the Police Service on Tuesday, Griffith said that to date, his office has processed over four hundred 400 applications and is working to clear the backlog.

Minister: 500 police officers on suspension

Ap­prox­i­mate­ly 500 po­lice of­fi­cers in the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) are cur­rent­ly on sus­pen­sion and sick leave.

This was re­vealed yes­ter­day by Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young at a Stand­ing Com­mit­tee Meet­ing in­to the Po­lice Ser­vice in Par­lia­ment.

Joined by Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith, Young was first asked how he in­tend­ed to de­crease the TTPS stag­ger­ing over­time bill which was es­ti­mat­ed at $300 mil­lion in 2018, but the ser­vice spent $366 mil­lion.